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Linking Clinical Care with Community Supports (Linkages)

Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) was awarded funds through the Michigan Health Endowment Fund for the Linking Clinical Care with Community Supports (Linkages) Project; to hire, train, and integrate Community Health Workers (CHWs) into primary care teams in 16 Health Centers throughout Michigan. This project directly supports patients by sharing information and resources for accessing food, housing, social services, and counseling. Linkages CHWs will also monitor patients' health and help increase accountability through individualized patient plans.

 

 

   

 

Who We Serve

 

Each CHW works within a Care Team and focuses on one of three populations. 

  • Eighteen CHWs work with adults over 50 with one or more chronic conditions, including Hypertension, Diabetes, Obesity, and mild/moderate Depression.
  • Five CHWs work with perinatal women
  • Five CHWs work with children with Asthma


CHW and Care Team Training 

 

  

  

 

Twenty nine CHWs completed the third pilot training program provided by Henry Ford Community College and the Institute for Population Health for CHW certification. The training program comprised of 126 classroom hours and 40 internship hours. The curriculum emphasized the care competencies including patient advocacy and outreach, personal health strategies, capacity building, ethics, care coordination,documentation and reporting, cultural competence and health promotion.

 

MPCA provided additional training focused on developing an understanding of team-based care as well as skill building in areas of documentation of patient encounters and motivational interviewing. Training was also provided on Diabetes, Hypertension, Asthma, Pregnancy, Obesity, and Depression. During two in person trainings, Care Teams were given an opportunity to learn workflow redesign, best practices on team communication, and team dynamics to help them adjust to their new Care Team. 

 

To individually support the training provided, MPCA continues to host biweekly one on one coaching calls with CHW's and monthly coaching calls with Linkages Health Center Care Team lead staff. During these calls, teams receive data driven feedback for rapid improvement of their individual team needs. Linkages staff has also conducted onsite visits with each participating Health Center to work with teams individually to overcome challenges and share best practices.

 

 

Latest News  

 

  • We are excited to announce our Community Health Worker Toolkit! Take a look and we hope you are as excited with this resource as we are! Check back often for updates!
  • MPCA is preparing to publish promising practices for integrating CHWs in team-based care!

 

Upcoming Community Health Worker Events   

 

Enabling Services Annual Forum: Connecting Consumers to Care and Community

Sponsored by MPCA
October 3, 9:00am, - 3:15pm
Crowne Plaza Hotel, 925 South Creyts Road, Lansing, MI

Registration fee is $100.00 for members and $120.00 for non-members. The day will feature practical sessions on building strategic partnerships,assisting with MDHHS/Medicaid appeals, social media outreach, and more! A light breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Register Here!


Race, Poverty and Policy: Creating an Equitable Michigan

Sponsored by Michigan League for Public Policy 
October 10, 1:00 pm-4:30 pm ET
Radisson Hotel, 111 North Grand Avenue, Lansing, MI

For more information and registration click here. 

MiCHWA Training Opportunity

Wednesdays & Thursdays 

8:30am to 5:00pm 

October 19 to December 8, 2016 (Note: Class will be held Tuesday & Wednesday the week of Thanksgiving)

Registration is open until September 30 to until class is full. Instructor Rebecca Guzman, Institute for Population Health, rguzman@ipophealth.org, phone 313.309.9300 ext. 1307. Registration is with Henry Ford College, Roxanne Lopetrone, rlopetrone@hfcc.edu phone 313.317.6609

Training flyer available here! 

 

Click here to view upcoming Enabling Services events 

 

More Information?

How to reach us:

  

Julie Tatko, Director of Operations & Enabling Services

jtatko@mpca.net

517.827.0882


Lydia Starrs, Associate Director Enabling Services 

lstarrs@mpca.net

517.827.0866

 

Crystal Korpi, Program Specialist

ckorpi@mpca.net

517.827.0876


Brittani Barkley, Outreach Specialist

bbarkley@mpca.net

517.827.0888

 

 

The Linkages project is funded through the Michigan Health Endowment Fund.

 

 
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